After having won in Gap three days ago, the Portuguese cyclist Rui Costa secured his second stage win of the Tour De France race on Friday, in a copycat of Joaquim Agostinho’s win in 1969.
Costa scooped his second stage victory at the 100th Tour de France arriving alone at Le Grand Bornand, after a long breakaway, imitating Joaquim Agostinho, the only Portuguese to win two laps in the same edition of the Tour de France in 1969.
Costa used the same technique again on Friday, beating the clock on the day’s mountain to come out the winner at the 19th stage, which linked Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand, in a total of 204,5 kilometres.
It all worked out perfectly. I basically used the same strategy I used the other day: I knew I had to wait for the last countdown to start. Luckily, my legs responded in top form”, said Rui Costa, hoping that his victory will calm Movistar.
The Movistar cyclist, who dedicated the triumph of his 16th lap to his Portuguese fans and his family, was very satisfied with the result, thanking his colleagues Ruben Plaza and José Joaquim Rojas, who worked to leave him at the start of the day’s last mountain.
Despite having reached the Top 10 here at Tour, I think the victories at these last two stages were more valuable. Don’t you think? For the 100th edition of the Tour de France I have more than achieved my goal”, said the cyclist on winning the 19th stage.
With this triumph, Rui Costa, 26, equalised the victory number in laps bagged by Acácio da Silva and is only one behind Agostinho.
The British cyclist Chris Froome (Sky) stayed in yellow.